Just a quick reminder that from today (1st February) you can pay your property and waste management tax and/or your vehicle tax for 2017. If you choose to pay your due taxes before 30th April you will be entitled to a 5% discount.
The project for the construction of Hemus Highway lot passing by Veliko Tarnovo was yesterday submitted for assessment and coordination in the Municipality by the design company that prepared it. Officially Hemus Motorway will run north of Polikraishte, about 13-14 km from the old capital. There will also be a large road junction where Hemus intersects the planned expressway between Ruse and Veliko Tarnovo. The Ruse – Veliko Tarnovo Expressway is to cross the current Sofia – Varna main arterial road near the village of Momin Sbor.
Also yesterday the government in resignation of Boyko Borisov decided to advance the allocation of nearly 23 million leva for the continued construction of Hemus Highway. It was once again stated that the completion of motorway is one of the main priorities of the Cabinet and is a key factor for the development of Northern Bulgaria.
A block of flats distinctly different and boasting fresh architecture compared to the dull buildings style from the socialist era is soon to be erected in Veliko Tarnovo. The new building will be in sharp contrast with the “sterile environment” in the area imposed by the uniform development of the past and the prevailing grey facades. The residential building is going to be the most beautiful newly build edifice in the town one done. Hopes are high that with the completion of the building a new trend will set in – such of a modern architecture that impresses residents and visitors. The complex is located at the bottom of Marno Pole Park, near the Summer Theatre. The block of flats is also expected to make it to the Building of the Year Contest as it has been 2 years since the town last had a participant in it. Experts say that this type of construction should be imposed in the central part of the city where houses and blocks and not listed building and owners do not have to comply with the old-times authentic style and ask authorities for permission as for altering or demolishing such buildings. The future complex will be quite functional and landscaped; it will also have its own parking.
Yesterday the Bulgarian government approved changes in the Labour Law concerning public and national holidays. Until now if a holiday fell on Tuesday or Thursday the government would usually declare the Monday before or the Friday after an official non-working day (a working Saturday would be then designated to make up for the missed day) meaning we would get 4 workfree days in a row. Or even 6 days in a row! As was the case in May 2014 when 1st May was Thursday and 6st May was Tuesday, both being official holidays in Bulgaria, this meant we got to rest from Thursday till Tuesday! Many people including the business sector disapproved of this practice for various reasons – disruption in the work process, delays in payments, disrupted communication between institutions, less efficient workers, worse labour productivity, stress and so on. This practice of rearranging working days is now a thing of the past. Public and national holidays will no longer be connected with the weekend to form the so called Bridge Holiday – when they fall during working days only the particular day will be non-working. When they happen to be during weekends the following Monday is to compensate and will be a day off work. The changes come in effect from 1st January 2017 meaning 2nd January (Monday) is officially the first non-working day under the new law.
Veliko Tarnovo now has a new tourist map which is available for free – you can grab your copy from the Tourist Information Centre at 5 Hristo Botev Str as well as from the sites which are advertised on it. The first circulation is of 10,000 pieces. The map itself measures 48×35 cm and is bilingual (Bulgarian and English). The most prominent historical and cultural sites are marked on it as well as information about transport, places to dine and entertain and various types of services provided in the town.
The new Palace Cinema in Mall Veliko Tarnovo will open to the public on Friday (16th December). There is still no official website, but on Thursday a telephone number will be released for reservations. The new theatre will meet its audience with 3 completely refurbished halls. All of them are kitted out with the latest state-of-the-art technology, including silver screens, which allows guests to enjoy blockbusters on the venue’s exclusive to Bulgaria 3D system Volfoni for an immersive experience. Two of the halls are equipped with unique rocking chairs and the 50-seats VIP hall promises luxury setting that will make you wish the movie never ends. The first flicks which you can see are Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Collateral Beauty and Inferno, and the animation movies Sheep & Wolves and Moana.
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The weather forecast shows that Saturday and Sunday are set to be warm and dry with plenty of sunshine so if you still haven’t visited the Christmas Market in Marno Pole Park, Veliko Tarnovo, the weekend seems as the right time to do it. The Market is open every day from 10 am till 8 pm and will continue up to December, 31st. This year the Greek Kontosouvli Chalet is in the spotlight – it attracts everyone with sizzling sounds and delicious aroma coming from the grill. Kontosouvli is actually a big kebab traditionally slow roasted on a spit turning over charcoal pit. The treat is priced at 6 leva per kg. The adjacent chalet is selling mulled wine and wormwood wine at 2 leva per 200 ml. At the Christmas market you will also find Kazanlak Donuts, kattami (stuffed flatbreads) and Turkish delight. A variety of souvenirs, everyday items and toys are also available. A mini fairground with Ferry Wheel and Santa Post Office will keep the little ones entertained.
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